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Mignolet looking to take Liverpool positives into final

Simon Mignolet is looking towards the Europa League final. Credit: PA

Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is looking to take the positives fromLiverpool's 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Wednesday.

Liverpool earned a point thanks to Christian Benteke's late header having gone behind to Eden Hazard in the first-half.

Jurgen Klopp's side are looking to build confidence ahead of the Europa League final against Sevilla next week.

You just want to go into the final with confidence and the only way to do that is by putting in performances.

I think the biggest message this shows is that if you don't start well, or play how we played in the first half, we can get into trouble.

That is maybe the best message we could have and take forward. We have to be 100 per cent focused and ready, play like we played the last minutes and first minutes of the game - not the last 15 minutes of the first half.

But we never give up - something the gaffer always talks about. It doesn't look like any coincidence any more, that we score in the late stages. We have to keep that going. We have to show that mentality to never be beaten.

– Simon Mignolet


Liverpool boss dismisses Benteke to West Ham rumours

Benteke has been linked with West Ham. Credit: PA

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has brushed aside suggestions he would be having a clear-out in the summer to prepare for next season.

The German boss also dismissed the latest speculation linking Christian Benteke with a £25million move to West Ham.

"I read transfer rumours in October. We work the whole day and of course we work on the squad for next year," he added.

"Of course we think about transfers, we think about everything, but a lot of rumours are really far away from the actual thing.

"It is really funny when you are involved. Sometimes I've never heard of the player who has been linked with Liverpool."

Liverpool captain could be fit for Europa League final

Henderson could be fit for the final. Credit: PA

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has handed England a boost by declaring there are no doubts over midfielder Jordan Henderson being fit for Euro 2016.

However, he has set his captain a deadline of May 15 - their last league match at West Brom - to prove his fitness in order to be considered for Liverpool's Europa League final against Sevilla the following Wednesday.

"I don't know exactly but he was really celebrating yesterday after the game," said Klopp, the day after Liverpool beat Villarreal in their European semi-final.

"I saw in his eyes he thinks he has a chance (of being fit for the final), so that's the first and most important step in the right direction.

"To play in the final on the Wednesday after the season, I think the latest moment - after a long break - when you should be available is the Sunday before.

"But Hendo is in a really good way so it's good for England. There's no doubt about being fit for the European Championship.

"The same with Divock Origi but we will see. I have no idea, to be honest."


Liverpool striker 'cost as much as Villarreal turnover'

Benteke cost £32.5m. Credit: PA

Villarreal manager Marcelino tried to ramp up the pressure on Liverpool by claiming striker Christian Benteke cost as much as the Spanish club's turnover last season.

The Reds' second-most expensive ever signing is only likely to be on the bench for Thursday's Europa League semi-final second leg but that did not stop the Yellow Submarine boss using him to attack his opponents.

"Liverpool as a club have an extraordinary squad of footballers when you consider Benteke cost 50million euros (about £39.5million - he actually cost £32.5m), which equates to the whole turnover of Villarreal as a club," he said.

"We come here full of hope, we are going to give everything we have got and we will enjoy ourselves.

"Our main aim is to be competitive. We feel we have the capabilities we can make it through to the final

"This group of players needs to be proud of what they have achieved as we are already qualified for the Champions League.

"This is an occasion to be celebrated. In no way whatsoever will we be affected negatively by the atmosphere, if anything we will be affected positively and galvanised by it.

"We will suffer at moments in the game, we will find it tough but we can cause them trouble.

"The game will be decided by the team who are more assured at key moments in the game."

Liverpool midfielder Can returns for Villarreal clash

Klopp will be delighted he has Can to select earlier than anticipated. Credit: PA

Liverpool midfielder Emre Can returns to the squad ahead of schedule to face Villarreal in the Europa League semi-final second leg at Anfield on Thursday.

The Germany international was initially ruled out for four weeks with ankle ligament damage mid-April but has recovered sooner than expected.

Manager Jurgen Klopp also has to decide whether to start up front with Daniel Sturridge or stick with Roberto Firmino, as he did in Spain last week.

The Reds are one-nil down from the first leg in Spain.

Liverpool striker Origi could play before end of season

Origi had been in scintillating form. Credit: PA

Liverpool forward Divock Origi has not given up hope of returning from an ankle injury before the end of the season.

The 21-year-old Belgian was forced off during the second half of the 4-0 win over Everton at Anfield on April 20, having earlier scored what was his fifth goal in five appearances.

Origi is confident his rehabilitation is progressing well, and can see himself back in action ahead of the end of the campaign.

"It's progressing well. It's been 10 days now, so I try and improve every day and make steps, we just try and [ensure that] I'm back as quick as possible," Origi said on the club's official website,

"For example, yesterday and today I feel a big difference, with these injuries it can evolve everyday and we put in a lot of work.

"I come into (training) very early and I leave in the evening, so we (work) a lot of hours, but I think that's necessary because I want to come back as soon as possible."

Origi has not given up on playing again for the Reds this season. He added: "Of course, I believe in it.

"My goal is to come back as soon as possible and I just want to go back on the pitch. I think it's possible, but you never know."

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